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First, wow, the Animaniacs Something Something Whatever Post now has 237 comments! Kudos! Seriously, thanks for sticking around to keep juice flowing here while we’re undergo reconstruction.

That said, The A! reboot has already happened now, and it’s not really big news anymore, so I don’t think we need to connect the assorted comment post to that anymore. So I’m un-pinning the A! Blah Blah Blah Post and Pinning this one instead. Use it the same way you used the previous one. As always, the same rules for comments still apply: Keep your comments, news and announcements relevant, clean, verified and attitude-free; anything that violates those ain’t gonna be published, so don’t try it and don’t try us. OK, now have at it!

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  1. I’m really looking forward to the Netflix movie Arlo The Alligator Boy and the later tv series I Heart Arlo. It’s about a half human, half alligator boy who goes to New York City to meet his father and make new friends. Both the movie and show (which were greenlit at the same time) are created by Ryan Crego and Blake Lemons, who previously worked together on Home: Adventures With Tip And Oh. Music plays a big part. The movie comes out April 16.

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  2. In this video for The Justice Society: World War 2, producer Butch Lukic said at 3:44 how he and Jim Krieg once tried pitching an animated Wonder Woman series, but it didn’t go through. This was before her 2017 theatrical movie. My guess is that they didn’t want to confuse audiences given how the 2015 DC Superhero Girls was still running. (While there are multiple DC series that can run all at once, you usually don’t have something like 2 Batman series or two Justice League series running at the same time).

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    • silverstar

      It could also be due to the long time idee fixe held by TV producers that boys won’t watch a series starring a woman, and that girls don’t buy as many action figures as boys do, which turns off corporate suits because action cartoons rely heavily on toy sales to survive, though the Wonder Woman animated DVD sold quite well.

      If Wonder Woman 1984 had performed as well as the first Wonder Woman movie did, I wager execs would be smacking their lips at the prospect of a Wonder Woman animated series. I’d like to see such a thing happen one day, since Wondy is the only member of the DC Trinity to have never headlined her own animated series outside of team shows like Super Friends or Justice League. DC Super Hero Girls doesn’t count as that show also follows a team dynamic.

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      • I remembered there were some Wonder Woman shorts shown during DC Nation back in 2013. They were well received, but there were of course complaints like “Why can’t we get a full series like this?”.

        Though of course this could also be because DC animation is a lot more heavily reliant on ensembles and team ups these days, going for different combinations of DC characters. Besides the DC Superhero Girls TV shows, there’s stuff like the Lego DC Comics Superheroes DVD movies and the Harley Quinn series. For the former, some of the movies will have a subplot involving someone else not usually associated with the associated mythology of the main hero. For example, in 2018, there was the Lego Flash and Lego Aquaman movies. While they are still the main characters of their respective movies, they give subplots to The Atom (the former) and Jessica Cruz/Green Lantern (the latter), though still well done. The Harley Quinn cartoon also has Batman villains on her team, but we also have Felix Faust, a Wonder Woman villain, on her team.

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  3. At least in DC Super Hero Girls it’s an all girls team, so no one of them has to be “the girl” of the group. Also, in both incarnations of DCSHG, Wonder Woman acts as the group’s de-facto leader. Wondy on that series is basically a renamed and slightly redesigned version of Wonder Girl from Faust’s earlier Super Best Friends Forever (SBFF) shorts.

    On a side note, I find it interesting how initially (likely because of Lauren Faust’s involvement with the series), fans loved to compare that show’s version of Supergirl to Rainbow Dash, when to me she she’s much more like teenage version of PPG’s Buttercup.

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  4. Here’s the new trailer for The Mitchells Vs The Machines.

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    • silverstar

      OK, what’s this current trend of boys in cartoons sounding like adult men? That voice actor playing the son wasn’t even trying to sound like a kid. It’s freaking weird.

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      • That boy is voiced by Michael Rianda, who co-wrote and co-directed the movie. I think he used a similar voice for some boy characters on Gravity Falls (which he worked on).

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    • I’m just going to say it; I don’t like the human characters’ eyes. Those huge round irises with the tiny pupils. They perpetually look like someone just shown a flashlight in their faces.

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  5. silverstar

    In regards to Cartoon Network’s recently announced Cartoonito/live-action push, someone on the Anime Superhero Forum posted the following:

    “If CN want to diversify the channel so they should re-run of some H-B cartoons like Powerpuff Girls, Scooby Doo, Smurfs, Flintstones, Top Cat, Peter Potamus, The Space Kidettes, Josie and the Pussycats, The Funky Phantom, Butch Cassidy, Jeannie, Jabberjaw, The Biskitts, Kwicky Koala Show, Snorks and several others and those are friendly to female as well as general audience. It is quick fix and very easy for CN to get those.”

    -So basically this person thinks the solution is for CN to revert to the Powerhouse era.

    Ummm, yeah. Look, I know you guys are tired of hearing this from us by now, I know we sound like broken records at this point, but here it is one mo’ time for those in the back who apparently didn’t hear it the first time:

    *grabs megaphone*

    Cartoon Network is never going to go back to being Old Cartoon Network. EVER.

    This would be a great idea if Cartoon Network wasn’t interested in ratings and didn’t care about making money, but here in the real world bringing back old shows would NOT be diversifying the channel. At all. Anyone who legitimately thinks that this would be a good idea clearly has no clue about how the industry works. TV is a fast-moving, cut-throat industry that slows down for no one, even more so now that more and more people are abandoning cable in favor of streaming services. CN is trying to broaden its’ audience, get as many eyeballs as possible looking at them, and they’re not going to do that by becoming a dinosaur channel that airs reruns of old shows. When this new schedule drops in the fall, CN will have a mere 6 hours of general entertainment between Cartoonito and [adult swim], and no one is going to switch off a new episode of Spongebob or The Loud House or Amphibia or The Owl House for a 30 year old rerun of Dexter’s Laboratory or a 50 year old rerun of The Flintstones; it ain’t happening. Why? because nostalgia doesn’t bring in the big ratings; it does OK for a while, but eventually people get bored and move on. Nostalgia is the spark that starts the engine, not the fuel that keeps it going. Y’all can clamor for a classic cartoon channel as much as you want, but the reality is said channel wouldn’t last very long or make a ton of money; it would be transformed into a general entertainment channel inside of 3 years, and we’d end right back where we are now. The only, and let me stress this, ONLY way this idea could work would be if CN were to relegate the retro programming to a tiny cubicle; in other words, devote no more than a single hour or so to the older repeats and only air said block on select days, sort of a Best of CN type of deal.

    “No need for live action shows because it doesn’t fit CN brand, so they are CN, not Disney nor Nick.”

    Again, I understand why people are reeling at this latest move; CN’s previous track record with live-action hasn’t been great, but here’s the reality: live-action is cheaper and takes less time to produce than animation. Maybe I’m just mellowing with age or maybe just I just don’t give a crap anymore, but I can’t bring myself to cry gloom and doom over this news. If Tom Anscheim wants to give live-action another try, then let him try. I don’t know where he’s getting this data that “girls grow out of animation before boys”, ’cause every girl I know never stopped watching cartoons (I guess all those anime fan girls are just waiting for the commercials), but live-action on CN can, repeat, CAN work, provided that

    a) said shows are high-quality and aren’t just carbon copies of what the other kids’ networks are doing; again I say do stuff like The Banana Splits, The Krofft Supershow, The Muppet Show (which I know is owned by Disney and would never air on CN but I’m just using it as an example), Power Rangers/Kamen Rider/Beetleborgs, The Hilarious House of Frightenstein or The Aquabats’ Super Show, you know, shows which play like live-action cartoons or animation/live-action hybrids, and

    b) they keep cartoons the channel’s primary focus. Just because CN is planning to air live-action doesn’t mean that they’re going to stop airing cartoons. People need to wait and see what they have in store instead of running around like Chicken Little crying that the sky is falling.

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  6. For April Fool’s Day, both Cartoon Network and Adult Swim did something very interesting. The Cartoon Network side of things is Cat-toon Network, where it’s about putting cats into their shows. It’s shown with the intros to Teen Titans Go and Craig Of The Creek.

    On the Adult Swim side of things, they did Adult Swim Jr. Besides stuff like these intros, they also redubbed an episode of Rick And Morty and Aqua Teen Hunger Force Go with child actors.

    https://mobile.twitter.com/adultswim/status/1377470832767815683

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    • silverstar

      Funnily enough, the Cat-Toon Network gag was done before — sort of –around 1996 or 1997-ish, back when CN first began airing reruns of Garfield & Friends. In a promo, Garfield approaches the Cartoon Network logo (this was back when they were still using the 14 tile checkerboard logo) and rearranges the letters to read Cat-Toon Network.

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  7. The trailer for Space Jam 2 is out.

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    • There were a lot WB owned properties featured in that trailer alone. No doubt most of them only appear as Easter Eggs, but still it’s interesting to see the film’s producers dip into the well of obscure characters. Amongst the characters seen in the trailer are:

      The Flintstones, Yogi Bear and Boo-Boo, Magilla Gorilla, Jabberjaw, Peneople Pitstop (from Wacky Races), Space Ghost, Scooby Doo and Mysteries, Inc., Blue Falcon and Dynomutt, Captain Caveman, Frankenstein Jr. and Buzz Conroy (from Frankenstein Jr. and The Impossibles). So it looks as though the Hanna-Barbera shared cinematic universe that WB tried to establish in Scoob! last year lives on in some form. Also, we briefly even see Yakko, Wakko and Dot from Animaniacs, as well as their iconic water tower in the background. There you go, A! fans; the Warners finally make a cameo in Space Jam. So now you have no complaints, right? 😁

      I’m just blown away that someone else remembers Frankenstein Jr. I wasn’t alive when Frankenstein Jr. and The Impossibles originally aired (I’m not that old!), but I did watch the show in syndicated reruns as a kid.

      One visual that I liked is that when LeBron James is first dropped into the virtual world, we see a Detective Comics (DC) planetoid that’s one side Metropolis and the other side Gotham City (complete with the Bat Signal). In another scene, LeBron is selecting his choices for his Dream Team, one of the names he’s listed is Superman. I hope that Supes and/or Batman will at least make cameos in the film.

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    • silverstar

      This was just the first trailer, so I have nothing to say about the story beyond what everyone else already knows about it; instead I’ll just list some of the things which stuck out to me, plus the cameos and Easter eggs that I spotted (which is likely not all of them):

      -One nice touch that I liked was in the scene where LeBron and Bugs are looking at the images and profiles of the Tune Squad, their dates of birth are the years that their initial shorts debuted (for example the Road Runner’s date of birth is given as 1949, the year that the first Road Runner cartoon, “The Fast and the Furry-ous” debuted in theaters).

      -The WB Cyberverse (or whatever they’re calling it here) is laid out similar to the Warner Bros. World indoor theme parks in Dubai and Abu Dhabi, India, with their various properties, characters and franchises occupying specific ‘worlds’ within it. (It’s also a bit like Disney and Square Enix’s Kingdom Hearts games). I saw a couple of classic Hollywood planets (with one bearing the title of The Maltese Falcon), a Westeros (Game of Thrones) world, a Matrix world, an Oz world, a DC super hero world (with Metropolis on the light side of the planet and Gotham on the dark side), a Flintstones world and of course Tune World, home of the Looney Tunes. Orbit City (the home of the Jetsons), Thundera (home of the Thundercats) and Themyscira (Wonder Woman’s home island) are also referenced.

      -The Goon Squad roster appears to be made up of a water man, a fire being, a snake woman, a spider lady, a bird man and a gold plated robot man. Someone in the YouTube comments section said that the robot man is supposed to be (or is based on) NBA star Damian Lillard; so perhaps the Goon Squad are all based on actual NBA players similar to how in the first movie the Monstars were created after the Nerdluks stole the talents of then NBA players.

      Some of the WB character cameos that I noticed so far:
      -The Iron Giant
      -The Mystery, Inc. gang (in and around the Mystery Machine)
      -The Flintstones
      -Yogi Bear & Boo-Boo
      -Magilla Gorilla
      -Captain Caveman
      -Jabberjaw (I couldn’t tell if Jabber was still male or a female like WB almost made the character in Scoob!)
      -Peter Potamus in his time traveling balloon
      -Space Ghost
      -Frankenstein Junior and Buzz Conroy
      -Blue Falcon & Dynomutt (sporting the same designs they had in Scoob!, which I like)
      -Some of the Herculoids (Igoo, Gloop and Gleep)
      -Yakko, Wakko & Dot (the WB water tower is seen in the background)
      -Cheetara from Thundercats
      -Penelope Pitstop in the Compact Pussycat
      -The Jetsons in their space car
      -Pennywise
      -The Mask
      -Agent Smith and some other agents from The Matrix
      -The Wicked Witch of the West and a Flying Monkey
      -Baby Jane from Whatever Happened to Baby Jane?
      -King Kong
      -the Yetis from Small Foot (that’s an obscure one!)
      -Titans Tower
      -The Evil Scientist’s castle from the Bugs Bunny short “Water, Water Every Hare”

      But I didn’t see Superman or the Great Grape Ape, so 0 stars! /jk

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  8. So, when looking up the casting for Space Jam: A New Legacy, Lola will be voiced by Zendaya rather than Kath Soucie, and Speedy is voiced by Gabriel Iglesias rather than the various voice actors he’s had over the years. However, the other Looney Tunes characters still have their regular voice actors, such as Jeff Bergman for Bugs & Sylvester & Foghorn Leghorn, Eric Bauza for Daffy & Marvin The Martian, Bob Bergen for Porky & Tweety, and Candi Milo for Granny.

    https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Space_Jam:_A_New_Legacy

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    • It’s curious that Kath Soucie won’t be returning to voice Lola, since she did voice the character again in New Looney Tunes. This may be an unpopular opinion, but I was kind of hoping that Kristen Wiig would have returned to voice Lola. I get that this is the Space Jam version of the character, but Lola could retain at least some of her Looney Tunes Show characteristics. I don’t know who voiced Speedy in New Looney Tunes, but in The Looney Tunes Show, Speedy was voiced by Fred Armisen (SNL, Portlandia). I guess that the film’s producers wanted to play it safe and hire an actual Latino to voice Speedy this time.

      One little detail that I liked was that when LeBron James landed in Toon World (WB can’t call it Toontown, since Disney owns the rights to the name), he’s a hand drawn cartoon, but when he and the Looney Tunes venture into the playing field, LeBron returns to his normal self, but the Looney Tunes are now rendered in CG.

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  9. Tracy Mark Lee, one of the storyboard revisionists on Scooby Doo And Guess Who, posted designs for the episode where the Scooby gang meets their voice actors.

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  10. silverstar

    Urgh. Every time I lurk at the Anime Superhero Forum, I remember why I left. So much negativity. The majority of the people there don’t like ANYTHING unless it’s something they grew up watching, and I’m really getting sick of all these doomsayers crying that Cartoon Network is “dead”, “dying”, “ruined” or “about to enter a dark age” just because the higher-ups are planning to add a preschool block, shows aimed at girls and families and a few live-action shows to their schedule. It makes no sense, especially when most of the people on the forums and online in general who are whining, bitching and moaning about these changes are outside of CN’s target demo and will be either at work or in school when the preschool shows are on. Look, CN needs to do something; it’s gotten very stagnant as of late; they can’t just spam Teen Titans GO!, Craig of the Creek and The Amazing World of Gumball all day. Their current schedule has gotten so repetitive that I haven’t even watched the channel regularly in the past few years, and I kind of want to see Bugs Bunny Builders. Here’s a thought: why not wait and see the new stuff before passing sentence on them and the network as a whole?

    Furthermore, now people both on that site and on YouTube are getting their collective undies in a bunch over the Space Jam: A New Legacy trailer, calling it a “sell-out” and a “naked cash grab” with no real story. Guess what? So was the original Space Jam! It was literally based on a series of Nike commercials! Can we please stop pretending that the original Space Jam was anything other than an attempt to sell a few more million more Air Jordans and Looney Tunes merch to kids whose parents had disposable incomes?

    This just goes to show how stupid retro-snobbery is; most nostalgia boils down to: “This new thing is stupid! It’s not at all like this other thing, which was just as stupid but I love it because it was part of my childhood!” WB threw a lot of cameos in there, well, so effing what?! How is this any different or worse than what Disney did in Ralph Breaks the Internet? They’re just using this movie as an opportunity to show off the cool properties they own, big deal, it’s just eye-candy for the fans, and from the looks of things the non-Looney Tunes characters will just be in the stands watching the game, so where’s the harm? This is the exact same movie that y’all loved so much when you were kids, only with some CGI, a different NBA star and other WB owned characters in the audience instead of just other Looney Tunes characters, and y’all need to stop acting like the original Space Jam was this impeccable piece of high art; I was there when the original came out, and critics and adults found that film just as dumb, pointless, cynical and creatively bankrupt as you think this one’s going to be, so just let the kids have their dumb fun cartoons already. Geez!

    In case you folks were wondering why I jumped ship from ASF, the above is one reason why: too much carping, not enough celebration. I just like to geek out, joke about and point out the trivial facts concerning one of my favorite forms of art; I get tired of the endless angry rants. When the videos start coming out, don’t expect a bunch of raging and complaining, ’cause that’s not what I’m into. These are just CARTOONS, folks. Entertainment. Just have fun watching them and discuss the pros, cons, facts and upcoming events concerning them with your friends. I’ve never understood why so many people choose to ramp up their blood pressure by expending so much time and energy on stuff they don’t like when just ignoring the bad stuff is so much easier.

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  11. https://www.popsugar.com/family/disney-junior-chicken-squad-48251654/amp

    One show I’m looking forward to is the Disney Junior show Chicken Squad, which is based on a children’s book. It comes out Friday May 14. The show centers on three young chickens named Coop, Sweetie, and Little Boo who go around their community helping those in need. They train under a former search and rescue dog named Captain Tully. The show is created by Tom Rogers, who worked on Elena Of Avalor. The show’s story editor is Rachel Ruderman (who worked on Sofia The First and Elena Of Avalor). Two things of note:

    1. I’ve heard some people compare the designs of the series to Chicken Little. Having seen the other Disney Junior shows animated by Wild Canary (who’s working on this series), this isn’t too surprising.

    2. That article mentions Tony Hale as being a guest star. He’s also working on Archibald’s Next Big Thing, a show he stars in and co-created, and is based on a children’s book he made. I wonder if he will voice a character similar to Archibald.

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    • Little Boo kind of reminds me of Henery Hawk from Looney Tunes.

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      • It’s kind of interesting you mention that given how Scott Bern (the supervising director for Chicken Squad) has had some experience with the Looney Tunes. He was an animator for the original Space Jam, was an uncredited storyboard artist for a few episodes of The Looney Tunes Show (including the times Henery Hawk appeared), and a director for New Looney Tunes. On the Disney Junior side of things, he was also a director on Puppy Dog Pals, and directed episodes involving chickens and other kinds of birds.

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  12. Cartoon Network Studios Europe (known for developing The Amazing World Of Gumball and Elliott From Earth) will be renamed to Hanna Barbera Studios Europe.

    https://deadline.com/2021/04/cartoon-network-studios-europe-renamed-as-hanna-barbera-studios-europe-1234729256/

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    • I guess that the name Hanna-Barbera has greater brand recognition than Warner Brothers does, outside of the U.S., anyway. I have to remind myself that many of the H-B properties besides Scooby Doo and Tom & Jerry are still circulating in other parts of the world. The international versions of the Boomerang channel are faring significantly better than ours is. And Wacky Races is hugely popular in Brazil.

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    • silverstar

      I’m not really sure what motivated the studio to change their name (as I understand it, Cartoon Network Studios Europe, or now Hanna-Barbera Studios Europe so far hasn’t really produced much besides Gumball and Elliot from Earth, and was always the lesser of the 2 CN studios), but this news has sparked some…interesting responses. Here’s a sample:

      “There’s a new Hanna-Barbera! Hanna-Berbera’s coming back!”

      -Um, no. There is no ‘new’ Hanna-Barbera; CN Studios Europe is just changing its’ name to HB Studios Europe. That’s it. Warner Media has owned all of the HB properties lock, stock and barrel since 1999; they can conceivably make a new HB show or movie anytime they want, and they’re doing that: Scoob!, Jellystone! Yabba Dabba Dinosaurs!, a ton of Easter eggs in Space Jam: A New Legacy, the list goes on. Hanna-Barbera can’t be ‘coming back’ because it never left.

      “So when will Cartoon Network Studios be changing its’ name to Hanna-Barbera Studios in the US?”

      -Hanna-Barbera Studios US changed its’ name to Cartoon Network Studios in the early ’00’s, I think CN kept the HB brand name around out of respect to Bill and Joe; Tom & Jerry Tales was the last thing supervised by Joe Barbera before he died; after both founders had passed, Cartoon Network changed the studio’s name to CN Studios. Why would they change it back?

      “REVIVE THE CRAMP TWINS!!”

      -The wha…? How in the blue hizzel does CN Studios Europe changing its’ name equate to a Cramp Twins revival? Cartoon Network didn’t produce The Cramp Twins, they only aired it; they couldn’t revive that show even if they wanted to. And this is strictly an opinion, but The Cramp Twins sucked noodles.

      “I’ll bet this is reflecting how CN is going to start airing live-action.”

      -Yeah, that makes perfect sense. What better way to reflect how CN US will be airing live-action again by its’ European studio changing its’ name to that of a studio primarily known for producing cartoons? Y’all seriously need to get over this ‘live-action on CN’ thing; it’s living rent-free in your heads. You should probably know that the international Boomerangs have been airing live-action for years now: live-action shows such as My Spy Family and live-action/animation hybrids like Skatoony, and again, just because CN will soon be adding live-action doesn’t mean that they’re going to stop airing cartoons. This really isn’t that big a deal, you guys.

      But by far, THE stupidest comment I read regarding this move, not surprisingly, came from YouTube:

      “Take THAT, Teen Titans GO!”

      -Huh? What’s with the out-of-nowhere snipe at Teen Titans GO!? What does Teen Titans GO! have to do with any of this?

      “They made fun of Scooby-Doo once!”

      OK, well, TTGO! is a parody; that what parody shows do, they make fun of things. And even if they did, so effing what? Scooby-Doo‘s been going since 1969, and it’s one of the most formulaic shows ever made; everybody’s taken a shot at Scooby-Doo at some point. Johnny Test mocked Scooby-Doo. Aqua Teen Hunger Force lampooned Scooby-Doo. The Venture Brothers spoofed Scooby-Doo (Hank Venture is partially a caricature of Freddy Jones), Harvey Birdman spoofed Scooby-Doo, South Park spoofed Scooby-Doo (“Korn’s Groove Pirate Ghost Mystery”). Animaniacs spoofed Scooby-Doo. Robot Chicken made fun of Scooby-Doo a number of times. Saturday Night Live made fun of Scooby-Doo. Tons of stand-up comedians have made fun of Scooby-Doo. Poking fun at Scooby is nothing new, and none of this has jack squat to do with CN’s European studio changing its’ name. You do know that Scooby and the Teen Titans are both under the same corporate umbrella, right? Warner Media owns both properties; they’re not in competition with one another, so how exactly is CN Studios Europe changing its’ name to HB Studios Europe somehow ‘sticking it’ to Teen Titans GO!? I don’t get it. You guys are just looking for reasons to take shot at TTGO! now. Let the TTGO! hate drop already. I think some people just resent the fact that the show’s popular with kids and that it’s not a 6th season of Teen Titans: The Animated Series. So it’s not Teen Titans season 6; that was years ago, you should be over the initial shock by now. CN’s going to keep milking the show as long as it continues to make the network money, so I suggest you get over it.

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  13. In regards to the animation for Moon Girl And Devil Dinosaur, besides Titmouse, we also have Flying Bark Productions onboard. They worked on Rise Of The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Glitch Techs, and Lego Monkie Kid. I’m expecting the action to be really good given how both companies have made stellar looking action shows.

    https://mobile.twitter.com/flyingbark/status/1379968314550575104

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  14. Michael Rianda, one of the writers and producers talked about how Gravity Falls season 2 could’ve been completely different. He said in a tweet how the season would’ve opened on Dipper and Mabel walking in the woods where they find Future Dipper, who looks all bloodied up. He gives Present Dipper a code that says shows how Mabel will die, and that she should never see it. As he’s about to say more, he gets sent back to the future.

    https://mobile.twitter.com/michaelrianda/status/1379796585035390977

    https://mobile.twitter.com/_AlexHirsch/status/1379834847829499910

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  15. From a convention in 2015, Tom Kenny improvised a skit where Spongebob and Gary met the Ice King. And then in 2018, someone made an animatic of that. It’s really hilarious.

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  16. Cartoon Network is once again tackling the idea of having a dedicated show to showing off Cartoon Network pilots. In a similar vein to What A Cartoon and Cartoonistitute, we have Cartoon Cartoons.

    https://www.animationmagazine.net/tv/cartoon-network-debuts-cartoon-cartoons-shorts-program/

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    • Anything that could potentially lead to more original animated programming on Cartoon Network isn’t a bad thing. Perhaps now all these Debbie Downers who are now playing Taps for CN will realize that the network never said that they would stop airing cartoons and finally calm down.

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    • silverstar

      You know, I have no horse in this race, but part of me hopes that all of Cartoon Network’s wheeling and dealing with the US Cartoonito, the planned live-action programs and now the announcement of new pilots for potential new series actually pays off, earning them new viewers, strengthening their brand and winning them the sweet, sweet ratings they so desperately crave, if for nothing else, just to shut up all of these Negative Neds and Nancies who are crying that this move is the Second Coming of CN Real and the first sign of the Apocalypse.

      The only move I find questionable is Comcast’s moving CN to a higher tier package so customers will have to pay more money for it, though I don’t know if this was Cartoon Network’s decision or Comcast’s.

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  17. The Spiderman Into The Spiderverse sequel will have 3 directors. Joaquim Dos Santos (whose works include Justice League Unlimited, the Avatar cartoons, Voltron Legendary Defender, and Spectacular Spiderman) is still on the project, but he’s joined by Kemp Powers (Soul) and Justin K Thompson (I think he’s a Sony producer).

    https://variety.com/2021/film/news/spider-man-into-the-spider-verse-2-directors-1234951631/

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    • silverstar

      I’ll be honest, I’m trepidatious about this sequel. I enjoyed the first one because it was so different and unexpected, and I’d rather not see the same plot rehashed all over again; as much as I enjoyed Peni Parker, Spider-Ham, Spider-Man Noir and Spider-Gwen, I don’t want them all to show up again because it would just come off like a cheap cash-grab, nor do I want new Spider people turning up because that would just the first plot again. The original film was lightning in a bottle, and I don’t think that magic can be repeated. The plot of Spider-Verse is something you can really only do once; repeating it just looks like Sony is trying to feed the cash cow. They can’t keep breaking reality over and over.

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    • About a sequel to Spider Man: Into the Spiderverse: I’m wary, but trying to remain cautiously optimistic. I really hope that this sequel will have an original story and that it doesn’t just rehash the plot of the first movie. I don’t want to see Spider Gwen, Spider Man Noir, Peni Parker and Spider Ham sticking their faces into Miles Morales’ window and saying “We’re baaaack!”. That was a once in a lifetime occurrence. If you keep rehashing it, it gets old. I also hope that neither of Miles’ parents die in this one. Marvel frequently resorts to killing off central characters for dramatic effect and it’s nice to have a whole-ass family in a kid’s movie for a change.

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  18. The Nickelodeon pilot Planet Panic is not getting picked up for a full series. I’ve never seen it, but it featuring a non-binary main character sounds pretty good. There was potential here. At least the show could get picked up someday, just not by Nickelodeon.

    https://mobile.twitter.com/genegoldstein/status/1385338939733471232

    https://mobile.twitter.com/genegoldstein/status/1385322517695406080

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    • I’ve never heard of Planet Panic primary to reading your comment, so I have no strong opinions about the series either way. This is only a guess, but I’m thinking that one reason why Nickelodeon passed on Planet Panic may be because the main character is non-binary. I don’t think that the public at large is ready for a non-binary protagonist just yet. TV executives would likely prefer it if the lead character had a clear cut gender so they would know how to market it and who to aim the inevitable toy line towards. Conservatives would have a field with this show, writing all kinds of “Won’t someone think of the children!?” articles accusing Nick of “pushing a liberal agenda” and all that noise.

      I think that Thomas the Tank Engine tried to introduce a train character who had no gender or something similar to that. It’s been a while since this happened.

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  19. Today’s Muppet Babies episode “Best Pals Pizza Delivery/Summer Science Penguin” is a pretty good episode. However, I want to talk about the former segment. It’s about Kermit and Fozzie adding a delivery service to their pizza place, abd he keeps getting distracted while making pizza boxes when he watches the Wacky Alpacas. The Wacky Alpacas is a 2D show, and he turns into 2D when entering the show. It’s pretty cool to see the show in a 2D format. Likewise, at the end of the episode when Kermit delivers the pizza to their friends, Walter and Wanda (the main alpacas) visit the main characters, and they retain their 2D appearances. So it’s as entertaining and has a good moral, all helped out by having some good 2D animation. If the Disney Junior YouTube channel puts up a clip from the episode, I’ll put it up.

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  20. https://variety.com/2021/tv/news/flintstones-sequel-series-fox-elizabeth-banks-pebbles-1234961373/amp/?__twitter_impression=true

    That adult Flintstones series from Elizabeth Banks was announced, and it’s called Bedrock, which is slated for FOX. It takes place when Pebbles is in her 20s (and is voiced by Elizabeth Banks). Lindsay Kerns is also attached to the series. She’s worked on Kung Fu Panda The Paws Of Destiny, Cleopatra In Space, Madagascar A Little Wild, Jurassic World Camp Cretaceous, and DC Superhero Girls 2019.

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    • Eh…I’m not feeling this. I wasn’t feeling this when I first heard about it, and I’m still not it now. This sounds like a generic 20 something YA sitcom with a Flintstones theming. As far as doing new stuff with The Flintstones, I liked the premise of Yabba Dabba Dinosaurs more because that show focused on wild, fierce prehistoric creatures, something that’s never really been shown on a Flintstones series before (the cheesy sitcom stuff was still there, but it was a sideshow, not the main attraction), and WB barely gave that show time to breathe before the studio unceremoniously axed it. Of course, I already did a more detailed breakdown of Yabba Dabba Dinosaurs! in an earlier post (which I’ll provide a link to), so I don’t need to repeat myself.

      Anyways, some folks are already worried that Bedrock is going to an Adult Swim version of The Flintstones with tasteless, vulgar humor and locker room jokes like a prehistoric Family Guy, but I doubt that will be the case. WarnerMedia is very protective of their brands and the characters are still shilling children’s vitamins and breakfast cereals to this very day. It’s unlikely that WB would want to taint the Flintstones image by making them too hard edged.

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  21. A few months ago, I screenshot some tweets from Craig McCracken, where he talked about why Bloo stayed a jerk for most of Foster’s Home For Imaginary Friends (mainly in how he was emotionally stunted). When someone quoted my tweet, Craig gave a response where he talked about how the network wanted the show to remain episodic and run the episodes in any order, hence why there was no long last character development.

    https://mobile.twitter.com/CrackMcCraigen/status/1387143192705867778

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  22. Here’s the trailer for Luca.

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  23. Today’s Muppet Babies episode, “A Very Sticker Situation/Boo Boo Bamboozle” , introduced the character Jill, who debuted in Muppets Take Manhattan. She is a character who’s shown to love stickers, jump rope, and her Lady Sparkles doll. Though kind of selfish and a bit assertive (mainly due to her status as a big kid since she’s starting kindergarten), she does still mean well and sees everyone as true friends. She’s voiced by Ashley Spillers, who’s mainly an on camera actress, but also voiced Pumpkin in the Nickelodeon pilot Harpy Gee. 

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    • That’s an obscure reference, but hey, the Muppet Show continuity could always use some more female characters, so why not?

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  24. So something strange happened. The season 2 finale to Amphibia, which is called “True Colors”, was meant to air today. It was removed at the last minute (the news came out yesterday) and we currently don’t know when it will premiere. Matt Braly mentions wanting to find a new date to give the episode it deserves (he mentions it being slightly longer at 24 minutes). A few things of note:

    1. The decision to postpone the episode came very late. People working on the show had already arranged watch parties and made fan art to commemorate the occasion.

    2. A promo for the episode came out last Saturday and said it would premiere on May 1.

    3. Some speculate that this change might’ve been because of the Halfway To Halloween marathon (which will also include a sneak peek of The Ghost And Molly McGee), though “True Colors” was meant to air at 9:30am while the marathon starts at 7:00pm.

    4. It’s not unusual for Disney to postpone an episode, but that’s usually due to real life events. For example, there was a Doc McStuffins episode meant to come out September 9, 2017 and a Fancy Nancy episode meant to come out August 24, 2018. However, both episodes involved storms and came out during real life hurricanes, hence why the former moved to September 23 and the latter to September 14 (although they still came out on Disney Now on the original dates). There was also a Lion Guard episode called “Never Roar Again” meant to come out June 24, 2016, but it involved crocodiles and came out after a toddler was killed by a crocodile at a Disney park. It briefly appeared on YouTube, but was taken down, and then officially aired on November 18. The last few episodes of Elena Of Avalor season 3 were delayed due to the pandemic slowing down production (notably, a Mother’s Day episode was meant to come out May 8, but instead came out July 26). With this Amphibia episode, it’s very strange.

    https://mobile.twitter.com/DisneyTVA/status/1388230038588469255

    https://mobile.twitter.com/Radrappy/status/1388230960164925441

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    • silverstar

      Disney has become infamous for shuffling their shows and air dates around; this one just happened more suddenly than usual.

      I tried giving this show a shot, but I just don’t get Amphibia. What genre is it? Who is it supposed to appeal to? It started out as this goofy comedy about a girl who gets magically transported to Froggy Land, then out of nowhere 2 of her friends suddenly show up in battle armor and now there are these magic gems that give them fighting powers and there’s an evil newt guy and an army planning to invade and the characters are storming castles and whatnot. Does this show want to be H.R. Pufenstuf or Lord of the Rings? Pick a genre and stay in it.

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      • The show is billed as a fantasy-comedy-adventure, with some elements of action in it (some of the show’s storyboard artists worked on Young Justice and OK KO). Matt Braly mentioned in a Reddit AMA how season 1 was kept to a pretty episodic format with some continuity due to network demands. It was only in season 2 when he was able to add more overarching story elements.

        On another note, “True Colors” was released to iTunes today, seemingly not getting the memo that Disney didn’t air the episode yesterday. Matt Braly was not exactly happy with this, and the fandom has agreed to not talk about the episode until it officially airs.

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      • Personally, I prefer stand alone, self contained stories. Not just because I prefer comedy over action and drama in general, but also because with stand alone stories, newcomers to the show can join in at any point in the series and not be lost. TV executives like this also, because with stand alone stories they can run the episodes in no particular (say for an afternoon marathon). Also, continuing story epics tend not to do well in reruns, because many folks don’t want to revisit a saga from the very beginning once it’s finished. It’s like replaying and RPG, once you’ve beat the game, you’re finished with it, but to each their own.

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      • In response to your most recent comment, there is also the thing with show creators where they have to balance between telling the story they want and doing what executives want. They want to be able to push the medium of animation and show how it can appeal to everyone (especially due to recent Infinity Train news). Plus, it’s not like this is a thing exclusive to regular television. It’s happened with streaming shows like with Voltron Legendary Defender (where higher ups wanted the show to be a straightforward boys action show but the showrunners wanted to tell their war story) and She Ra And The Princesses Of Power (with Noelle Stevenson wanting to push forth an Adora/Catra romance, and was able to fully do so with the last season). Though a good point is brought up with episodic shows doing better, hence why shows like Big City Greens and Craig Of The Creek do well in ratings and reruns (the former more so, but there’s still this for the latter).

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    • silverstar

      We did a blog post a few years back about genre-busters and how their success has the unintended dark side of some animation fans now scoffing at the purely funny cartoons (Funny is Not a Four-Letter Word, for those who are interested), so it’s possible I’m just showing my age here, but I just lack the interest in or patience for shows like Infinity Train, Steven Universe, Star VS the Forces of Evil, She-Ra and the Princesses of Power, Kipo and the Wonderbeasts and their ilk. This new crop of artists and writers coming out now seem to specialize in making shows that are really for the hipster parents, but they move fast and have bright colors so kids can enjoy them too. That’s fine if that’s what someone’s into, but shows like that just don’t appeal to me. I’m aro/ace so romances don’t really interest me (I think there’s too much emphasis on romance in popular media in general, TBH), and most shows with overarching plots not only bore me, but I tend to find many of them a tad pretentious; my knee-jerk reaction to most of them tends to be: “Oh, great, another arthouse auteur cartoon writer who thinks he’s Martin Scorsese!” My favorite shows tend to be the ones where there isn’t some huge mystery to solve nor is there any potentially world-ending stuff going on in the background. When Adventure Time was first running, I felt like I was the only one who wasn’t going gaga over it; look Pen, you can have your living candy people and magic shape-shifting dogs, but don’t expect me to take this mess seriously. You’re a cartoonist. Get over yourself. Jason’s no fan of Steven Universe; he told me once “Why would I want to see a character going through depression? That’s not entertaining!” Everybody praises Avatar: the Last Airbender to high heaven and that show bored me, yet Rocko’s Modern Life, the greatest thing Nick has ever put on, rarely gets the fan love it deserves.

      Okay, I don’t want to get off on a rant here, because I definitely agree that there should be a variety; animation can and should be able to cover all genres, and while I’ve never had to work with network suits, I imagine that there has to be a lot of give, take and compromise, so I give credit to anyone who can manage to get their vision on the air the way they want, but I’ll just sum up and say that genre-busters like Amphibia aren’t for me and leave it at that. Two of my current favorite shows are HBO Max’s Looney Tunes Cartoons and Close Enough, neither of which have any point to them other than to have fun watching them, and when DC Nation was on, I could take or leave most of the actual shows on it, but I enjoyed the heck out several of the shorts, particularly the Plastic Man and Metal Men shorts, DC Super Pets and DC Nation’s Farm League. Based on that, you can probably guess which end of the fan spectrum I fall on.

      There’s clearly an audience for these kinds of shows, so I’m not going to argue with success, but at the same time, I have no problem stating that they’re not for me.

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  25. Here’s the fully animated theme song to The Ghost And Molly McGee. The show comes out in October.

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      Eh, this looks like a cutesier version of Beetlejuice.

      This series is being described as a music-driven show, and musicals aren’t my thing, so I don’t know if this is anything I’ll make plans to watch, but Dana Snyder’s always funny and Molly herself seems cute and appealing enough. I just hope the show stays in its’ lane rather than starting out as a bouncy, quirky little comedy and then suddenly changing tone and becoming a Tolkien epic with tween girls like Amphibia.

      Kudos for giving Molly a whole-ass family, though; no dead parents for once, plus judging by that opening, Molly’s family can see Scratch and is aware of his existence. so Molly won’t have to spend half the series trying to hide him from her family, good, ’cause I’ve never been a fan of that trope.

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  26. We just finished the latest batch of Looney Tunes Cartoons on HBO Max, and I’m liking it so far. If I have one criticism about the show, it’s that it almost always sticks to the tried and true formula; it’s always Daffy and Porky, Bugs VS Elmer, Bugs VS Sam, Tweety, VS Sylvester, Wile E. Coyote VS Road Runner and occasionally Daffy and Elmer. One thing that I liked about New Looney Tunes is that that show’s writers would experiment with pairings and setups that we (the audience) hadn’t seen before: Foghorn Leghorn and Taz, Daffy and Foghorn, Sylvester with Pete Puma and Claude Cat, etc. LTC is still enjoyable, don’t get me wrong, but still, it would be cool is the show’s writers could mix things up a little.

    On the up side, we got the first appearance of Foghorn Leghorn on this show (voiced by Jeff Bergman), two Taz solo shorts, Bugs squaring off against Marvin the Martian and Pete Puma in separate shorts and also the debut of Porky Pig’s girlfriend Petunia (voiced by Lara Jill Miller) starring in her first ever solo short (“Picture Perfect”), in which she never even mentions Porky. Based on what I’ve seen, the show is setting her up to be a character who remains optimistic even after suffering physical pain. Not bad, overall. If we can get Petunia on the show, hopefully this means that we’ll eventually get appearances from other female characters such as Lola Bunny and Witch Hazel. Fingers crossed.

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    • Personally, I can’t get excited about this because: a) I don’t have Paramount Plus, and b) I never liked Rugrats to begin with.

      That said, I have seen the preview trailer for the new Rugrats out of curiosity, and I have to say that I wasn’t impressed. The main thing that stood out to me was that aside from this series being rendered in CGI rather than being hand drawn and that all of the adult characters have been recast, it’s the exact same dang show! Virtually nothing about this series is different from the original. The 2016 reboot of DuckTales and the 2018 reboot of Jim Henson’s Muppet Babies worked because those new series addressed some of the issues with their predecessors and improved on the formula of the originals. The Ducktales reboot in particular was a vast improvement over the 1987 original. This new Rugrats, however, just looks like a naked cash grab that exists for no other purpose beyond a) mining the nostalgia of millenials and b) making money. I mean, why even reboot the show if you’re not going to do anything new or different with the idea? I’m not suggesting that the producers change it up to the point where it’s a completely different show (although an original would be preferable to more Rugrats, honestly), but if I wanted to watch the original Rugrats, I’d just re-watch that one. Scooby Doo was one of THE most
      formulaic and repetitive TV shows of all time, and even they mixed things up occasionally.

      However, I don’t want to be ants at a picnic. This is good news for Rugrats fans, I guess, but personally, I’ll be steering clear of this one.

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  27. So, I caved in. I saw the leaks for the Amphibia season 2 finale. I think I can see why the episode was postponed, but the executives really should have told the people working on the show about this long before it aired. I do want to talk about why the episode might have been postponed, but I wanted to know if it was okay to talk about here. I know you’re not a huge fan of the series, so I figured you wouldn’t mind if I posted spoilers.

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      I suppose so; I doubt many Amphibia fans read this blog. I’d hide the spoilers if I could, but I’m not sure if there’s a way to do that in the comments section. At the most, we can post a spoiler warning.

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      • So since this comment is apparently approved, I can go into detail on this. First, here’s a bit of backstory. Spoilers are ahead:

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        The opening of the special shows a flashback to the human world, with Marcy reading in a library when she comes across a book about something called The Calamity Box (the box that sends her, Anne, and Sasha to Amphibia), which makes her interested. She later gets news from her parents that apparently ruined her life, and she runs off. She then sees that the box is in the gift shop and texts Sasha about how it’s a good gift for Anne. As shown later in the episode, she purposefully sent all of them to Amphibia when King Andrias (revealed to be a villain) threatens to hurt everyone. We see that her parents apparently asked her to move, separating her from her friends. She didn’t want to lose them, hence why she accepted his deal at the end of “A Day At The Aquarium” to charge up the box and send them to Amphibia (the fact it wasn’t fully charged is part of why he said that she allied with him).

        Now, why do I bring this up? Marcy is genuinely sorry for her actions and helps everyone take down Andrias when the portal opens. As she tries to buy Anne and the Plantar family more time, she gets stabbed by King Andrias through the chest and dies. Yes, a Disney cartoon killed a teenage girl onscreen. Now, there’s been discussion of Marcy possibly being resurrected given how “Return To Wartwood” saw everyone bring a giant chicken like creature back to life.

        This was genuinely shocking. While it’s not uncommon for characters to die onscreen in kids shows, it’s usually not to a child or teenage character. The only other time I can think of a kid or teenage character dying onscreen is when Jet died in the last episodes of Avatar The Last Airbender season 2. Even then, it was still framed in a way that softens the impact. By that, I mean that Long Feng used an earth bending move, a cloud of smoke appears, and then Jet is fatally wounded before he uses the last of strength to apologize to everyone before he died. With “True Colors”, Marcy is shown trying to get everyone out, she gets a shocked expression on her face, and then it’s shown that she was stabbed in the chest by King Andrias before she faints and apologizes.

        Now, I think a possible reason why Disney (mainly those above Disney Television Animation) got cold feet on this could be because the season ends on this note (Marcy dying and then Anne and the Plantars end up in the human world), and it would’ve been a long wait before season 3. Having the season end on Marcy dying would definitely lead to a mass reaction of “Disney killed a teenage girl onscreen.”. With that said, the executives really should have been more upfront and delay the episode earlier in advance, not less than a day before.

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  28. Okay, I want to talk about something more positive, body positivity. I find Lotta from Harvey Girls Forever similar to Bertie from Arlo The Alligator Boy. They’re both plus sized girls yet are not solely defined by their appearance. They’re both shown having a great deal of empathy and compassion and are capable of great physical feats even with their size.

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    • silverstar

      If anything, it’s Bertie who resembles Lotta, given that Little Lotta (real name Lotta Plump) made her debut in 1953, thus predating Bertie by some 67 years, but yeah, I noticed the similarities too. 🙂

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  29. I came across this Mother’s Day video from Disney Channel Taiwan that shows off the moms from various Disney shows and movies. It’s pretty good, and using “We Are The Moms” from the Phineas And Ferb episode “The Mom Attractor” is fitting. I do question why they included the villainous mothers like Gothel though.

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  30. Yeah, I agree. Seeing the Wicked Queen and Lady Tremaine from Cinderella included in that was weird. I do like that Nancy Green was included, though.

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  31. There’s a new Disney Junior series coming out next year called Alice’s Wonderland Bakery.

    “Slated to debut in 2022, the series centers on Alice, the great-granddaughter of the original heroine and a budding young baker at the enchanted Wonderland Bakery, where treats bring a new generation of characters together.”

    The showrunner is Chelsea Beyl, story editor for Doc McStuffins and Vampirina. Frank Montagna is co-executive producer while Nathan Chew is the supervising director. The series is produced by Disney Television Animation.

    https://www.broadwayworld.com/bwwtv/article/ALICES-WONDERLAND-BAKERY-Debuts-in-2022-on-Disney-Junior-20210511

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    • The premise of this series’ Alice being the great-granddaughter of the movie’s Alice is similar to the “new” (well, not so new now; it’s from about ten years ago) toy line/DTV series “Holly Hobbie and Friends” the old mascot updated for the 21st century. The premise was that the “new” Holly was the great-granddaughter of the original Holly.

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      • The show also reminds me of the Nick Jr series Butterbean’s Cafe, another show about a young girl working at a whimsical restaurant of sorts. Of course, Butterbean’s Cafe is an original show while Alice’s Wonderland Bakery is based on an established property. Interestingly enough, Butterbean’s Cafe is produced by Brown Bag Films, which worked on Doc McStuffins and Vampirina (shows that Chelsea Beyl worked on).

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  32. In a surprising move, a new Legends Of The Hidden Temple series will be made for the CW. It will have adult players.

    https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/tv/tv-news/legends-hidden-temple-revival-cw-1234951140/amp/?__twitter_impression=true

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  33. Here’s the trailer for Wish Dragon.

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      So it’s basically Disney’s Aladdin only set in modern-day Asia instead of the ancient Middle East and with a dragon instead of a genie. Got it.

      And the studio opted to skip the theaters with this one? You don’t say!

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      • Other than with the 4th Hotel Transylvania movie, Sony made a deal with Netflix to release their animated movies onto the platform.

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  34. So, I’ve never seen these shows, but apparently, Metalocalypse, Aqua Teen Hunger Force, and The Venture Bros are all getting DVD movies.

    https://www.animationmagazine.net/features/adult-swim-greenlights-aqua-teen-hunger-force-metalocalypse-the-venture-bros-original-movies/

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    • silverstar

      Wow, you’ve never seen any of those shows? Seriously?? Man, I feel old now. I remember when [adult swim] was first launched; back then it only aired twice a week: first on Sunday nights with an encore on Thursday nights.

      I’m generally more of a fan of all-ages, kid-friendly cartoons, but some of the early [as] stuff was OK when they had a good concept. My favorite [adult swim] shows were Sealab 2021 and Harvey Birdman: Attorney at Law. (I don’t entirely count Space Ghost: Coast to Coast since that originally ran on Cartoon Network proper, though the success of that series led to the eventual creation of [adult swim].)

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      • I’ve seen some Adult Swim stuff, but I’m not too much of a regular watcher since I find kids shows more interesting to talk about regardless of the type of show. I mean, when people think of Dana Snyder roles for example, most usually go for Aqua Teen Hunger Force while I usually say “Gazpacho from Chowder” since that’s the first show I saw him in.

        As for Adult Swim stuff, I’m not sure what I would call a favorite from what I’ve seen. I mean, I’ve seen some Robot Chicken and think it’s solid but I don’t know much of the general structure other than stop motion skits that can get brutal and deconstructive. I remember liking some of what I saw of The Boondocks, but it’s been a long time since I saw it. I would say Rick And Morty, though I think it’s become a bit too nihilistic for my tastes. I guess some that I would say I enjoy include Samurai Jack season 5, Ballmastrz 9009, and Hot Street. For more classic shows, I’m not sure.

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    • I used to watch those shows on Adult Swim, but I haven’t seen any of them in some time. I used to watch The Venture Bros., before it got too hard to follow along with.

      The early seasons of Aqua Teen Hunger Force were funny, then the show transitioned into Aqua Unit Patrol Squad 1, and I watched a few of those, even though the show’s humor was getting progressively more stoner-like at that point. The show transitioned a second time, this time as Aqua Something You Know, Whatever, but I wasn’t watching the show anymore at that point.

      Metalocalypse was OK in it’s first season, when each episode was only fifteen minutes long. Then in the second season, the show expanded to having full half hour stories, but those episodes weren’t as good. The show’s humor doesn’t really lend itself to twenty minute plots. The half hour episodes just felt padded out.

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  35. An animated movie based on Ultraman is in development for Netflix. It’s written by Marc Haimes and Shannon Tindle and directed by John Aosihima and Shannon Tindle.

    https://variety.com/2021/film/news/ultraman-movie-netflix-tsuburaya-shannon-tindle-1234972658/amp/?__twitter_impression=true

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    • silverstar

      I saw some episodes of the live-action Ultraman in weekday afternoon syndication, but that was a looooong time ago. There was more recently a new Ultraman series, Ultraman Tiga, which aired on the now-defunct Fox Box.

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  36. Today is apparently Dance Like A Chicken Day. Yes, it’s real. It’s fitting that The Chicken Squad premieres today.

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  37. In two bits of Disney news:

    1. True Colors will now air May 22 at 8:00pm. There’s also a content warning, which is not surprising considering the ending.

    https://mobile.twitter.com/DisneyAPromos/status/1393566286974754818

    2. Here’s the first episode of Chicken Squad.

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